Copper pipe/pinhole leak

Old 10-02-09, 06:23 AM
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Copper pipe/pinhole leak

Hot water copper pipe has a pinhole leak in it. Can I fix it with goop or whatever else. Or should the whole pipe be replaced. Would like to fix it myself first if possible. The cheapest way?
Old 10-02-09, 09:01 AM
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There is no need to replace the pipe. I would cut it & use a sharkbite coupling or sweat a regular coupling. Drain the pipe first.
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Just to add...if this is a leak somewhere in the run of the pipe..not at a joint or fitting..then you may have corrosion inside the pipe. This can be caused by a variety of things..mostly the chemical makeup of your water. If you have one'll have more later.

If it was just caused by damage somehow, or if its at a joint...then by all means, just repair that portion as stated.
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There is a wide variety of putty like products that may tempt you.Most are versions of epoxy putty but a few are not mixed,regardless these should be viewed as a temporary fix used to get by until the proper permanent fix is done.Advertising etc suggest permanence but the pipe needs a proper fix long term.
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Don't view it as "the CHEAPEST way" to fix it!! And not even as 'the easiest'!! Think of it terms as being 'the most permanent'.

Worst case, you'll have to buy a length of copper pipe that's probably not more than $20.00. (Big box stores sell them in lengths of 10', but local hardware stores will sell it 'by the foot'!) You might even have to buy a couple fittings at about $1.00 each.

As long as you can sweat a joint and have the cutter, torch, solder and flux to do that with, go for it. Any of the epoxy fixes will cost about the same and won't last nearly as long.

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